Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) - Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) Summary

Written By Jodi Picoult

Readers Score: 4.5/5
Rated by 1,834 Readers

Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) Book Summary


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner about a daughter’s search for her mother, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

Includes the novella Larger Than Life

Throughout her blockbuster career, Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe). Now, in Leaving Time, she has delivered a book unlike anything she’s written before.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.

Praise for Leaving Time

“Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core.”The Boston Globe

“Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss.”The Washington Post

“A riveting drama.”Us Weekly

“[A] moving tale.”People

“A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.”USA Today

“In Jenna, [Jodi] Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet.”Bookreporter

“[A] captivating and emotional story.”BookPage

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About the book:

Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life) is a Fiction & Literature book, written By Jodi Picoult. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 1,834 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Leaving Time

    By Silver1245
    Could not wait for her to write another book. This is not what I expected from her. I can't believe I wasted my money on this book.
  • Jodi is such an amazing author..

    By Frineck
    She never fails.. This new book takes you on such a journey. You get to the end, and you're not disappointed with the story one bit, you're just disappointed that you don't have more to read. I guess it's back to waiting.. For her next novel of course! I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone. Great story. Incredible twist towards the end. I actually feel like I've learned something. Love it. :)
  • Leaving Time

    By NJB0759
    Not only an incredibly well researched story about the awesome elephant, but a captivating read. Enjoy the characters and the twists. Almost wish I hadn’t read it so I could read it again for the first time!


  • Leaving Time

    By IB414
    Excellent. Learned so much. Fascinating. Best ever by Jodi Picoult. It’s a long book but didn’t want it to end.
  • Dissappointing

    By Gamerater499
    I have read Jodi Picoult’s books before and enjoyed them. This book is good in that it follows a mysterious disappearance and keeps you guessing. The ending is the problem. I will not spoil it except to say that it is a shameless rip off of an award winning movie. That movie was in turn a rip off of a Goosebumps book that I read to my son 20 years ago. Ms. Picoult is inventive enough to come up with her own story lines and should not feel compelled to “borrow” from others.
  • Jodi Picoult’s “Leaving Time”

    By dsphilli
    I normally don’t review a book that I’ve read, preferring to keep my thoughts about it to myself. I’m this case, after reading Leaving Time, I felt compelled to say a few words. I like Jodi Picoult’s style of writing a lot. I’m no expert but she does a wonderful job of telling a story. One that moved me to tears at the end. The plight of the elephant is overlooked worldwide by many and through this story, Jodi Picoult was able to show how much feeling and intelligence they have; something similar to what other animals have that we coexist with on this planet. Thank you for helping me become aware of this through a pleasurable experience.
  • Leaving Time

    By Nyestercrew
    Great read. Twisted ending I didn’t expect. I love it when that happens!
  • Incredible book

    By Stoooolie
    Could not put this book down. One of my favorites in a long time
  • Leaving time

    By 1934829
    If this book by Jodi Picoult didn’t have the elephants’ information within this story, I would not have completed reading it. This storyline is so convoluted and disconnected, even the characters within do not know what to do and/or are doing throughout. If this was supposed to be a love story (between characters), it is not. An extremely disappointing read, especially since it was written by a well known, popular Author. I have come to enjoy her books over the years but this would not even get one star. The star was necessary, so I could write and publish this Review. Margaret
  • Leaving Time

    By Goneworth
    I was mesmerized and surprised. I wish that I had not yet read it so I could read it again and laugh and cry all over again as the author reveals the truths. This was pure art
  • Read this book in 1.5 days

    By boomermnf77
    I love Jodi Picoult as a 30 yo and have since I was a child. This book did not disappoint.
  • Julie B Jones

    By Rita Read